Friday, May 12, 2017

Enlarged Drawings In Ralph Lauren Window

The Ralph Lauren Corporation, always a big supporter of me and my work, has recently put enlargements of a few of my ink drawings in some of the store window across the world. Not every store, but quite a few including, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Bal Harbor, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong...   The original drawings are small and were part of a series that I made last summer working in the garden behind the studio. It would not have occurred to me to print them at this scale nor to make one into a folding screen, but the result is spectacular. I hope to get better photos next week. The displays are scheduled to be up through the middle of June.
Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawings - India Ink on Paper

Thursday, May 4, 2017


I enjoyed making the 'Obama' block print last winter and have been wanting to play with the technique a bit more. I purchased a five small linoleum blocks to experiment with and opted not to cut into them - I printed the blocks as they came from store. In the later monoprints I cut one block down to a slightly narrower size to shift the grid. Not sure what I'm after here but these fall into the category of drawings where I do not do any traditional drawing. The texture is evocative and I was seeing film negatives a few.  Some of them have dimensions etc. because I sent images out to a few interested parties.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

On The Walls This Week - March 18, 2017

Unframed Drawings on the East Wall - 40 x 26 inches each
Three Pieces by Michelle Peterson Albandoz. the piece on the left is a collaboration between Michelle and myself.
The East Wall Rear. Pieces by myself, Brian Schutz, Jeff Janson and Michelle Peterson Albandoz

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Odds and Ends - March 2017

This week I've sent out images to two clients, no response yet. That is not unusual, these things take time, people need a few days to make decisions. In the meantime I'm posting some of the images I sent them, and a few other odds and ends. Some of these have been posted on this blog before, but most were dug out of the files - oddballs  experiments and studies that are not often seen.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I'm Tempted To Call This Series 'Elaborate Cages'

Michael McGuire - Girder And Panel 22 - India Ink on Arches - 40 x 26 inches

Michael McGuire - Girder And Panel 23, 24 - India Ink on Arches - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12 x 12 inches
'Elaborate Cages' seems an apt title for this latest group of work given the political box we find ourselves in at this time. How did we get here? We went from the relative stability of the Obama years to utter chaos. The term cages could also refer to emotional or personal cages we have built for ourselves. Which ever definition you lean towards, these cages may be beautiful, they may give a sense of freedom and direction, but we are trapped and we have constructed them ourselves.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mood Swings

My current mood of despair is occasionally lifted by my art-making and the joy of creation. Actually art seems to be the only refuge this month. At least I have an outlet for what I'm feeling, as ineffective as it may be. I made a new monochromatic flag. Somewhat funereal, but it seems apt. I made an error on the topmost stripe, but I may leave it as is.
Michael McGuire - Monochromatic American Flag - Recycled Cardboard, India Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 26"x40"
And a client returned this color study piece based on a Rothko painting. He had purchased and framed two drawings form this series and found that two were a bit much for his space. I was happy to get it back. The framing he choose is good - white frame with good depth to it. The frame sets off and contains the color well.

Michael McGuire - Rothko Study 3 - Watercolor, Acrylic Paint, Arches Watercolor Paper

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What A Difference Six Months Makes?

I had to got out onto my small balcony this morning to pick up a cushion that the wind had tossed around yesterday. As I looked down to my condo building swimming pool I saw this.

Wintery and graphic, we had a dusting of snow early this morning that accented the tarp covering the pool and presumably touching the remaining water. I have frequently shot the pool form this vantage point with no particular goal in mind other than the documenting changing seasons made visible via my condo pool deck.

Here is the summer version to remind us all that the days are getting longer and warmer weather is on its way.

This week I also remade/updated a drawing I made last summer. I have an opportunity to send a few drawings to a show in Guatemala City and I wanted to include a drawing from my 'Overlapping Grids' series. My instinct was to rework one of the more complicated of the grid drawings by shifting the arrangement. Formally each of the grids in these drawing are made with one half heavy line weight and one half lighter line weight. At the time I did not fully understand the result of the two grids overlapping. Why the asymmetry? 

Michael McGuire - Overlapping Grids 4 - Acrylic Paint on Arches Paper - 40"x26"
So in the newest drawing I shifted where the heavier line weigh occurs. It changed the drawing, but I'm still unsure why. Note how the NW and SE corners have changed. Perhaps this imagery deserves a full series to explore each of the possible variations.

Michael McGuire - Overlapping Grids 11 - Acrylic Paint on Arches Paper - 40"x26"